Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, and for many years I have done cards for family and friends for it. I love the long weekend, the autumn colors, the Macy’s parade followed by a day of family, football, food and friends. The emphasis is on gratitude, a day of reflection on all we have in our lives, plus the anticipation of the holidays to come is ahead of us. What could be better? When I got my Stampin UP catalog just last month, I had to order the Country Home stamp set from the Country Lane Suite and get busy on some Thanksgiving cards!
The clear acrylic stamps are easy to use with acrylic blocks, and make it so easy to line up two stamps together into a single image. I had some nice papers to use too, with words of thankfulness.
I stamped a pitcher and two pails with one of the two fillers. On the handled container, I put two different insets. The one on the lower left has four stamps used, and all lined up just right.
Next, I got out my chalks and blender pens, and colored the images. Taking an idea from the catalog, I put a bit of color around the base to give it a ground to sit on.
For the first card, I mounted a brown paper square on the words paper, then wrapped twine around and tied a bow. The image and the framed sentiment were added on top for a muli-layered look.
Cutting this one out, I wasn’t happy with the oval I tried to do, so I fussy cut it, and mounted it on the green cardstock. Pretty papers and gold ribbon completed the base.
Too much fun to stop, I made more cards with patterned papers, Country Home stamps and some leaf stickers.
Then, I was watching some card making videos on Blueprint, and came across this idea of inking the embossing folder. So I tried that too.
Open up the folder, and run the ink pad over the surface with the indented pattern to put the ink on the filler spaces.
Then place a piece of card stock on the folder, and run it through the machine as usual. You’ll get this, an embossed element nicely shaded with color. Be sure to immediately clean your embossing folder or it may permanently stain.
The other way is to do the embossing first, then lightly tap the ink pad on the raised surface.
Here are both methods using the same folder side by side using the same ink pad.
So those elements became the base for two more cards, with the sentiments from the Country Home stamp set. This one has a leaf pattern ribbon on the left and a double matted sentiment in the center.
For this card, I used a matching Old Olive twine to match the card base and the ink color for the sentiment.
One fun afternoon of stamping, and I have several cards ready to send to family and friends.
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Are you stamping for Halloween or Thanksgiving? What’s your favorite holiday to make and send cards?